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Foundations of the Knowledge Economy

Innovation, Learning and Clusters Edited by Knut Ingar Westeren, Nord-Trøndelag University College, Norway
This book presents new evidence concerning the influential role of context and institutions on the relations between knowledge, innovation, clusters and learning.

From a truly international perspective, the expert contributors capture the most interesting and relevant aspects of knowledge economy.
Extent: 296 pp
Hardback Price: $136.00 Web: $122.40
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 0 85793 771 1
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  • Business and Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Economics and Finance
  • Regional Economics
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Innovation Policy
  • Knowledge Management
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Clusters
  • Regional Economics
This book presents new evidence concerning the influential role of context and institutions on the relations between knowledge, innovation, clusters and learning.

From a truly international perspective, the expert contributors capture the most interesting and relevant aspects of knowledge economy. They explore an evolutionary explanation of how culture can play a significant role in learning and the development of skills. Presenting new data and theory developments, this insightful book reveals how changes in the dynamics of knowledge influence the circumstances under which innovation occurs. It also examines cluster development in the knowledge economy, from regional to virtual space.

This volume will prove invaluable to academics and researchers who are interested in exploring new ideas surrounding the knowledge economy. Those employed in consultant firms and the public sector, where an understanding of the knowledge economy is important, will also find plenty of relevant information in this enriching compendium.
‘This book’s chapters provide a versatile collection of case studies that raise important and interesting questions. . . The book introduces novel perspectives and indicates new approaches to understanding the modern economy and the role of knowledge in the ever-changing market process. It is thought provoking and even enlightening, and provides an interesting basis for further research to support entrepreneurship and public policy.’
– Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Contributors: H.A. Cader, A. Cordes, A.P. Cornett, K.-Å. Gotvassli, H.S. Jensen, J.K. Jones, C.P. Junqueira, J.C. Leatherman, G. Maier, A. Murdock, O. Raspe, M. Russ, R. Scherer, R. Shearmur, J.A.R. Staduto, M. Trippl, F.G. van Oort, J.O. Vanebo, M. Walser, K.I. Westeren
Contents:

1. Developments in the Analysis of the Knowledge Economy: Introductory Comments
Knut Ingar Westeren

PART I: THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS
2. The Changing Role of Knowledge in the Knowledge Economy: Concepts of Knowledge and Knowledge Management
Hans Siggaard Jensen

3. Growth of the Knowledge-based Economy in a Two-person Non-cooperative Game
Hanas A. Cader and John C. Leatherman

PART II: INNOVATION
4. Innovation: From Schumpeter to the Knowledge Economy
Knut Ingar Westeren

5. Star Scientists and Regional Knowledge Transfer
Michaela Trippl and Gunther Maier

6. Firm Productivity in Innovative Urban Milieus
Frank G. van Oort and Otto Raspe

7. Not Being There: Why Local Innovation is Not (Always) Related to Local Factors
Richard Shearmur

8. Innovation and Creative Leadership in Local Government
Jan Ole Vanebo and Alex Murdock

PART III: LEARNING AND SKILLS
9. How to Improve the Region’s Ability to Learn: A Micro-level Model on Regional Actor's Knowledge and (Informal) Learning Processes
Manfred Walser and Roland Scherer

10. Managing the New Knowledge Workers
Kjell-Åge Gotvassli

11. What Drives Skill-biased Regional Employment Growth in West Germany?
Alexander Cordes

PART IV: CLUSTERS AND PRODUCTIVITY
12. Clusters and Cluster Development in the Knowledge Economy
Andreas P. Cornett

13. International Virtual Industry Clusters and SMEs: Early Process Policy Recommendations
Meir Russ and Jeannette K. Jones

14. The Knowledge, Learning and Innovation Process: A Poultry Cluster in the Western Region of the State of Parana, Brazil
Jefferson Andronio Ramundo Staduto, Knut Ingar Westeren and Clarissa Pereira Junqueira

Index